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The Sheer Size of Russia

The Sheer Size of Russia

From a distance, the move by Stalin to create a buffer zone of states that were friendly to Russia was justified considering the fact that 20 million Russians died during The Second World War (Waugh, 2007). The move appeared necessary towards ensuring the future safety of Russians because the country would know its allies and enemies. However, the fact that Stalin wanted to know Russia’s allies and enemies is also a bone of contention, especially owing to the timing when the country had volatile relationships with Europe and Western Countries. Stalin’s buffer zone intention coincided with his plan to take over Eastern Europe. In this context, the Soviet expansionism of the 1940s and 1950s was a pretext to create a geographic buffer with Europe. Churchill predicted that Eastern Europe was going to become a center of influence for the Soviet (Waugh, 2007). Communists took power in the countries that were liberated by the Red Army. The communist government discouraged the existence of opposing paradigms through threats, murder and violence among other unorthodox practices (Waugh, 2007). The result is that all the governments in the Eastern Europe became hardliners of the regime and policies instituted by Stalin.

The sheer size of Russia has its advantages in terms of availability of minerals. Russia has many regions, which are rich in oil deposits. As a result, Russia is one of the leading oil exporters in the world, thus earning a lot of exchange. The revenues collected from oil export have been central towards stabilizing the economy of the country. On the negative side, Russia faces challenges resulting from the management of a larger diversity of people. It is difficult to use a general strategy to satisfy people since they have different needs as dictated by their difference in cultural backgrounds, socioeconomic positions and educational backgrounds among others.


Waugh, S. (2007). Essential modern world history. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes.